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SMALL-BUSINESS optimism declined to its lowest since March, according to the National Federation of Independent Business. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/DANIEL ACKER

U.S. small-business optimism drops to near lowest of Trump era

WASHINGTON – United States small-business sentiment fell to near the lowest level of Donald Trump’s presidency, as tariffs and economic uncertainty increasingly weigh on...
THE NATIONAL FEDERATION of Independent Business’s index measuring small-business optimism declined 1.6 points to 103.1 in August, its lowest level in five months. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/LUKE SHARRETT

U.S. small-business optimism drops to lowest in 5 months

WASHINGTON – Optimism among United States small-business owners fell in August to the lowest level in five months, with the outlook for the economy...
RETIREMENT OPTIONS: Glenn King, FM Global’s manager of employee benefits, meets with staff. From left, foreground, are Tricia Fay, North America benefits manager, and Jill Goodman, retirement plans manager. From left, background, are Carole Williamson, manager health and welfare plans, and King. FM Global offers both a 401(k) plan and a pension plan to its employees.
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Small businesses struggle to afford basic benefits for employees, survey finds

To the victors, go the spoils. That’s an old truism, especially for employers who win the battle for greater market share. Large companies such as...
ALL THE DIFFERENCE: Chris Carlozzi, Rhode Island state director for the National Federation of Independent Business, said making it less expensive for small companies to reorganize under bankruptcy protection can “make all the difference” between survival and going out of business. 
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New bill would simplify bankruptcy process for small businesses

Advocates for small businesses may finally get the legislation they’ve been seeking. Congress passed a bill in July to make it simpler and less expensive...
OPTIMISM AMONG small U.S. businesses rose to a seven-month high in May, according to the National Federation of Independent Business optimism index. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/DANIEL ACKER

U.S. small-business optimism climbs to highest in seven months

PROVIDENCE – Optimism among small U.S. businesses rose to a seven-month high in May as companies increased capital spending plans, suggesting firms remain confident...

Businesses seek study of minimum wage hike

Rhode Island again is considering an increase in the minimum wage to stay competitive with surrounding states, including Massachusetts. Among New England states, only Connecticut...
THE NATIONAL FEDERATION of Independent Business’s optimism index fell 3.2 points to 101.2, the lowest since November 2016. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/SCOTT EELLS

U.S. small-business optimism hits 2-year low amid shutdown

NEW YORK - Sentiment among United States small businesses slumped in January to the lowest level since Donald Trump became president, as the economic...
A NET 37 percent of firms report offering higher compensation in September, according to the monthly jobs report from the National Federation of Independent Business, / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/JEENAH MOON

U.S. small-business pay gains at record as firms fight for staff

NEW YORK - A record share of small-business owners in the United States say they’re raising overall pay to attract workers and retain employees amid...
THE U.S. SMALL BUSINESS Sentiment index rose 0.7 point to 107.9 in July, the highest since the record 108 reading in 1983, according to the National Federation of Independent Business. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/STEPHANIE KEITH

Are you feeling more optimistic about your business prospects today than...

The most recent survey of small-business owners by the National Federation of Independent Business indicated in July that optimism has almost reached an all-time...
THE U.S. SMALL BUSINESS Sentiment index rose 0.7 point to 107.9 in July, the highest since the record 108 reading in 1983, according to the National Federation of Independent Business. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/STEPHANIE KEITH

U.S. small-business optimism climbs to second highest on record

NEW YORK - A gauge of optimism among United States small-business owners increased to the second highest on record as companies benefited from tax cuts...
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